This book brings together for the first time a collection of Professor Les Bell's work on educational leadership and management. His discussion of the key themes and issues in educational management and leadership from the early stages of his career to the present is located within a broad analysis of educational policy and reflects a particular consistency of thought. He explores many of the main areas in the field of leadership and management in education, including leading and managing professional development, staff and performance management, accountability, the management of primary schools and strategy and planning in schools.
Les Bell is Professor of the Centre for Educational Leadership and Management and Director of the Doctorate in Education programme at the University of Leicester.
Introduction. A syllable of recorded time; Part 1: Contexts and concepts; 1. All our yesterday: The development of educational policy in England, 1960 - 2006; 2. I'll do, I'll do, and I'll do: Organizational culture, schools and teachers' work. 3. I have thee not, and yet I see thee still: The school as an ambiguous organization: A case study; Part 2: Leading and managing staff in schools; 4. The cloudy messenger: A new role in schools: the case of the TVEI co-ordinator; 5. A walking shadow: The emergence of middle leadership in schools and colleges; 6. We will perform in measure: Accountability, performance and school-based management; 7. Which grain will grow and which will not: The management of staff: Some issues of efficiency and cost effectiveness; Part 3: Management and Leadership in Primary Schools; 8. Service in every point twice done: Primary schools and the nature of the education market place; 9. Leave no rubs not botches in the work: Primary Heads, governors and institutional autonomy; 10. A tale of some significance: Primary headship and strategic planning in England; 11. What's done is done: The impact of educational policy on headship in primary schools 1994-2001; 12. Strategic planning in education: Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing?